Literary Festivals

A blog dedicated to news, reviews and thoughts on literary festivals around the world. Book Festivals, Readers Festivals, Writers Festivals, Literary Festivals, the names and forms are diverse. Disclosure: I served on the Steering Committee of the Singapore Writers Festival 2005. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

giving good interview

Which writers do best? This article by novelist and journalist Adam Langer divides writers into five groups:

The Freewheeling Improviser
He/She Who Does Not Suffer Fools Gladly
The Unself-conscious Subject
The Consummate Storyteller
The Genuinely Decent Human Being

What's fun about the article is that Langer gives medals to the authors he's interviewed who best fit these descriptions. Nadine Gordimer told him "ask me a stupid question, I'll give you a nasty answer." Fair enough, says Langer, and gives her bronze medal in the He/She Who Does Not Suffer Fools Gladly category.

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